2023 / 93m - USA
Comedy, Horror, Action
Renfield poster


May 21, 2023


Surprisingly fun and over-the-top. Apart from Nicolas Cage portraying Dracula in a horror/comedy, I had no idea what to expect, which is probably the best way to go into this film. Renfield isn't pushing any boundaries, but it is pretty blunt and brutal for a blockbuster production, which is always a neat surprise.

Renfield is fed up with being Dracula's familiar. While Dracula is recovering from another vicious vampire hunter attack, he attends a support group, which gives him the strength to stand up to his master. Dracula isn't too pleased with Renfield's decision to abandon his duties, so he plans his sweet revenge.

Hoult and Awkwafina are decent (which is more than I could wish for), while Cage is deliciously extreme. It's McKay's frivolous direction that is the real star. Bouncing between silly/goofy and brutal/vicious, the film offers the perfect blend of horror and comedy (at least for a blockbuster production). Good fun and properly trimmed to fit 90 minutes. Exemplary.